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Silencing the Ethiopian Courts: Non-Judicial Constitutional Review and its Impact on Human Rights


Chi Mgbako


Fordham University School of Law

Sarah Braasch


affiliation not provided to SSRN

Aron Degol


affiliation not provided to SSRN

Melisa Morgan


affiliation not provided to SSRN

Felice Segura


affiliation not provided to SSRN

Teramed Tezera


affiliation not provided to SSRN

2008

Fordham International Law Journal, Vol. 32, p. 259, 2008
Fordham Law Legal Studies Research Paper

Abstract:     
This Report culminates a semester-long project undertaken by the Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic at Fordham Law School, in partnership with faculty and students at Ethiopia's Addis Ababa University Faculty of Law, to study Ethiopia's system of non-judicial constitutional review and to investigate its impact on the protection of fundamental human rights and freedoms. The 1995 Constitution of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (“FDRE”) provides broad human rights protections in conformity with international human rights laws and principles. Nonetheless, the House of Federation (“HOF”), a parliamentary political organ that represents the political interests of Ethiopia's ethnic groups, is mandated to interpret the Constitution at the exclusion of the judiciary. While in Ethiopia, the Leitner Clinic-Addis Ababa Law School delegation met with Ethiopian lawyers, judges, human rights defenders, constitutional law scholars, and representatives from the Ministry of Justice, HOF, and Prime Minister's Office. This Report presents the findings of this research effort.

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Date posted: December 3, 2010  

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Mgbako, Chi and Braasch, Sarah and Degol, Aron and Morgan, Melisa and Segura, Felice and Tezera, Teramed, Silencing the Ethiopian Courts: Non-Judicial Constitutional Review and its Impact on Human Rights (2008). Fordham International Law Journal, Vol. 32, p. 259, 2008; Fordham Law Legal Studies Research Paper . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1719135

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Chi Mgbako (Contact Author)
Fordham University School of Law ( email )
140 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
United States
Sarah Braasch
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Aron Degol
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Melisa Morgan
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Felice Segura
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Teramed Tezera
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